Academic Advising Center

In SCI, you will be assigned to a full time, primary role academic advisor with whom you will work during your entire time as an undergraduate in our school. The relationship you build with your academic advisor will be integral to your intellectual, personal and professional growth. Academic advisors will help you to make informed educational choices regarding course selection as well as co-curricular and experiential education opportunities.

By working with an academic advisor, you will learn about:

  • Why the classes for your major and gen eds are required
  • How to develop a comprehensive, cohesive, educational plan, which includes planning ahead and choosing classes and activities to help you enjoy and make the most out of your education
  • The purposes of higher education
  • The missions and values of SCI and the University of Pittsburgh
  • The concept of polymathy
  • How you like, what you are good at, and what is important to you matters in the choices you make

All students at the University of Pittsburgh are required to meet with their academic advisors at least once per semester, but, in SCI, we encourage you to meet with us more often.

Summer Drop-in Advising Hours

Students enrolled in Pitt schools other than SCI may use this link to connect with an SCI advisor on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00PM Eastern time. Note, you must authenticate your Pitt account to join the meeting. Students may also email quick questions to

Current SCI students should reach out to their assigned advisor regarding their drop-in hours. You can find your advisor assignment in your Student Center.

SCI Undergraduate Peer Advisors

SCI Peer Advisors will also host drop-in hours for both SCI and non-SCI Pitt students throughout the Spring 2021 term. SCI Peer Advisors represent a number of SCI majors and are active in SCI and throughout the Pitt community. Current SCI students and other Pitt students may utilize the Peer Advisors, who are able to assist with answering advising questions, providing course recommendations, connecting students with campus resources, and supporting students in making informed educational decisions. To connect with an SCI Peer Advisor, you may join this Zoom link during any of the times listed below:

SCI Undergraduate Peer Advisor Bio Drop-In Hours
Nadine Parrish Hello! My name is Nadine Parrish, and I am a senior Information Science major with a related area in Computer Science and minor in Africana Studies. I was born in Queens, NY and raised in the Poconos before coming to Pitt in 2017. I have had internships in software engineering and web designing, but am now looking for jobs in web development and UI/UX design for after graduation. I am currently in Kappa Theta Pi and stand as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair for Tri Delta. I also cofounded the Information Science Club (OASIS) with friends last summer. I enjoy working out, taking pictures and looking at art, finding new music, reading, and watching any interesting movie recommended to me on Tik Tok. I am so excited to meet more people in SCI and look forward to working with the Peer Advising Team! 

Mondays: 12PM – 1PM

Tuesdays: 5PM – 6PM

Wednesdays: 12PM – 1PM

Max Niederer Hello! My name is Max Niederer, and I'm a junior Computer Science major in SCI. I'm from a small suburban area south of Philadelphia here in PA, and, ever since coming to Pitt in 2018, I've fallen in love with the city! As for clubs and extracurriculars, I'm a member of Pitt RollPlayers (Dungeons and Dragons club) and play tabletop games with my friends frequently. I'm interested in all kinds of media that tell stories: I've recently been getting into anime and manga, I love story-driven video games, and I've been trying to get more into watching movies. Throughout this pandemic, I've been doing digital art, listening to a lot of music, and baking a ton. I'm excited to be a Peer Advisor and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Tuesdays: 11AM – 2PM

Qinnuo (Emma) Li Hello! I am Qinnuo (Emma) Li, a junior at SCI majoring in Computer Science. I am from a small city in southern China and I have been studying in the U.S. for four years now. After transferring to SCI and attending some workshops created by the CS Club, I was very impressed and inspired by the leadership demonstrated by the board members in order to bring a lively CS /IS community together at Pitt. Therefore, I decided to become a Peer Advisor and use my knowledge and experience to help the community in any way I can. I love reading and film watching, and I recently fell in love with cooking, baking, and outdoor running – hands-on activities that re-connect me with my senses and remind me of the earthy aspect of life. I am currently looking for internship/co-op opportunities and would love to share with you where I’ve been and what I’ve learned along the journey! 

Wednesdays: 9AM – 11:30AM EST

Joshua Mateer Hi, I’m Joshua Mateer! I am a sophomore pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Digital Narrative and Interactive Design. I am from Beaver, PA.  I am one of the leaders for an on-campus organization called RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) and I love hiking, frisbee, and designing/playing video games. I’m so happy to be part of this Peer Advising Team and so excited to get to know you more! 

Tuesdays: 2:30PM – 5PM


SCI Peer Advisors can: 

  1. Help you to explore how your interests fit in with the degree programs offered by SCI (Computer Science, Information Science, Digital Narrative and Interactive Design, Computational Biology) 
  2. Provide recommendations or advice on classes within the IS/CS/DNID/Comp Bio curriculum 
  3. Assist you with navigating PeopleSoft (e.g. class scheduling, requesting transcripts, accessing your advising report, etc.)  
  4. Help you identify resources to best address your needs (e.g. Math Assistance Center, Writing Center, CS Resource Center, Study Lab, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Catalog, and more)  
  5. Support you in making informed decisions about your degree path and experience at Pitt  
  6. Help you to prepare for your advising appointment  


SCI Peer Advisors cannot:  

  1. Lift your advising hold/replace your advising appointment  
  2. Tutor you on any course content  
  3. Schedule your classes for you  
  4. Provide permission codes or change your position on a waitlist


We envision academic advising as a relationship with shared responsibilities. Learn what you can expect.

General Education Requirements

Learn more about general education requirements for the School of Computing and Information.


All SCI Students are required to take placement assessments prior to the beginning of their first term at Pitt. These assessments are used to help you and your academic advisor understand your preparation for college-level courses.